have it all figured out. My current challenge coach (I have a personal coach/trainer, Michelle, who is THE BEST), Amanda Latona (who is also pretty awesome!), recently tweeted “By Grace through faith…” This was EXACTLY what I was feeling as I began pondering how to approach this blog post, as I reflected on the past year...
outs. I'm not going to belabor how my body responded in the past to intense workouts (or every day living as far as that goes), because it no longer is! This temple has changed, it has become stronger. I am grateful for this transformation this past year, as well as the eight pound loss since last year. More important, I am looking forward to what it will accomplish moving forward.
While I didn’t prep for and complete in a competition, I DID complete both a Spartan Sprint and Spartan Super, which many have previously read about. I also completed a Whole 30 Challenge, which resulted in some fat loss and a huge mind shift in the way I eat. Additionally, I overcame many challenges along the way, it wasn’t the easiest road by any means. I use the term “I” very loosely. I honestly believe I may still be struggling if I had not made the decision to fully trust and have faith in God (some days it was hard to give what little I had) to empower me to change. I have to give Him all the glory! Which leads me to something I wrote the second day of the blog launch:
So what does “LIVE” mean to me? It is life. It is all that makes up who I am, how I spend my time, and the purpose I am called to fulfill. At the core is my Christian faith and being led by the Spirit of God to walk out His will. Secondary are my relationships with my husband and children, meeting them where they are, spending time with them, edifying them, helping them grow – and just having FUN. Third are my relationships with others – parents, siblings, friends and the community around me. I hope to honor and serve them the best I know how. Fourth is being a positive influence in my career and giving 110%. Fifth, is honoring my desire to create imagery, photography, and write. All these things are living to me. While I prioritize them here, I recognize at any given time one may require more of my focus than another, but the key is to balance and trust God to enable me to be who I need to be in each area. For me, this is LIVING.”
Did I ever lose sight of these five key areas in my life, which I view as “living”. No, no I didn’t. Were there days when it was tough? Absolutely. Were there moments when I thought I was done? Yep. Were there times when I wanted to give up? Sure. Did I? No. God did in fact enable me to be who I needed to be in each area and moved me to create balance in my life!
F.I.T. Power Hour. I agree with her, it is so very powerful to have God's Word as a portion of the day, that is never compromised. God’s leading and the constant prayers throughout the day also caused my roots in Christ to grow deeper. There is nothing more satisfying than growing closer to God, and knowing you are right where you need to be.
time together, for just the two of us. And we did. While we were becoming physically healthier individually, we also chose to do it together. Which was a support encouragement for the both of us.
is true. All these BIG moments in my daughter’s life, required pillow talk and heartfelt conversations. It required me waiting for God to bless me with the next thing to say, because that was the ONLY thing that would be right. The same held true for my youngest daughter.
know the answer, help her find it. She always seems so content with our time together and I thank God He shows up in our quiet moments together.
God has also showed up in my friendships. In the beginning of this journey, when it felt like I was struggling to get a good start, I had a handful of people REALLY THERE FOR ME. I can’t thank God enough for placing them in my life, and blessing me with souls who would be honest and straightforward with me, yet make me feel like they would give anything in the world to be there for me. As I got up and started to really move forward, I feel He empowered me to do the same for them, as well as a few others. I began reaching out to my family, and feeling more connected to my community. This has been one of the drivers for me all along, to become stronger and healthier in spirit, soul and body, so I can then more effectively help others as the Lord leads me to. I sense this is the next “phase” of my journey, but I really I have no idea to what capacity. Like this past year, I am going to trust God to lead and guide me.
Not one area was lost this past year. Not even in my career. In fact, God placed more on me this year in my career, than I had planned for. I ended up leading the design efforts of four key components to the new product development project I am on. I also generated two more patents as a result! I became more confident and began to speak up more with challenges that arose, and God blessed me with the ability to solve challenging issues. He showed up absolutely everywhere.
Even in areas where I felt like He wasn’t, He was. He encouraged me to refrain from some relationships and wait for His timing, yet caused me to reach out in others. AND He is making some long held dreams come true, one of which I still can’t talk about, but I am super excited to share!
So is this the end? Is this where everything stops and I return to my "old ways" of living? "This isn't the end. No way. We're gonna show this world a thing or two. We're going to show..." (I will give ten dollars to the person who can tell me which movie this is from!) Seriously, I feel I am just getting started. Plus, I have just over five weeks left of the Ultimate Oxygen Challenge. I have a few thoughts brewing as to what the next year looks like, but I am going to enjoy the next five weeks of this challenge, and see what the Lord shows me.
Thanks so much for all who came along with me on this journey, either virtually or in person! Much love and if we could celebrate in person, as one big group, I would!
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